The biggest names in the world of business, all had mentors. Just about anyone can benefit from having a mentor and it is one of the oldest ways to pass on wisdom and knowledge from one generation of professionals to another. Here are some very successful people you will definitely know, and the mentors that helped them with their success.
Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group
With an estimated net worth of $5 Billion, Richard Branson is no stranger to the world of business. In 1970 he created a mail-order record retailer, called Virgin. Since then he has over 200 companies in 30 countries, and owns two islands in the Caribbean.
“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road.” – Richard Branson
Branson asked British airline entrepreneur, Sir Freddie Laker, for guidance during his struggle to get Virgin Atlantic off the ground. Branson wrote in British newspaper The Sun: “It’s always good to have a helping hand at the start. I wouldn’t have got anywhere in the airline industry without the mentorship of Sir Freddie Laker.
Bill Gates, Founder and Technology Advisor, Microsoft.
Bill Gates started in 1975 as he co-founded Microsoft and became the world’s largest PC software company. With an estimated net worth of $79.2 Billion, he is no stranger to mentorship. He credits part of his success to Warren Buffet.
Mark Zuckerberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Facebook.
The co-founder of Facebook, is currently worth $35.7 Billion. In an interview, Mark talked about his inspiring mentor Steve Jobs.
“He was amazing,” said Zuckerberg. “I had a lot of questions for him.” He described how Jobs gave him advice about how he could build a team that was as focused as Zuckerberg on building “high quality and good things”. They also both believed that their life paths were meant for more than just building businesses. They wanted to change the lives of people. Zuckerberg wrote in a final farewell Facebook post to Jobs: “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.
Tony Robbins is an American motivational speaker, personal finance instructor, and self-help author. He became well known from his infomercials and self-help books: Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within. He is one of the biggest names in the world of personal development, and was mentored early on by the one and only Jim Rohn.
Jim Rohn was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His rags to riches story played a large part in his work, which influenced others in the personal development industry. Some of his best quotes are:
Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.
Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment
As you can see, the best in the business didn’t get there alone. They, like us, stand on the shoulders of giants. Learn the lessons from the people who know what they are doing, and you too will live a very successful life.